Nextremity Solutions and Fort Wayne Metals Team Up on Metal Implants
Two Indiana companies are teaming up to make lifelong orthopedic metal implants. Nextremity Solutions, Inc and Fort Wayne Metals will design a resorbable metal implant to help support damaged bones or replace missing joints.
Standard Orthopedic Implants
Standard orthopedic metal implants are designed from metals like titanium or stainless steel and can be life-long implants. Oftentimes, an implant will remain in the patient as an extraction surgery is rarely ideal. Resorbable implants could safely degrade in the body over time which would remove this extraction problem.
Innovative Orthopedic Implants
Nextremity will be developing metal implants using a special magnesium alloy combined with a biodegradable polymer. Research shows that these can provide higher initial stability and support. It also shows that magnesium can increase bone formation.
Fort Wayne Metals had previously designed a magnesium-based alloy and will be giving an exclusive supply to Nextremity. Their alloy product safely degrades within the body and has a low corrosion rate. Both companies hope to advance the standard of care and provide the possibility of an implant-free life for patients.
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